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All Tennessee counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates. ...

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Tenn. GOP wants to protect clergy from officiating same-sex weddings in case 1st Amendment changes

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
Members of the House Republican Caucus are proposing legislation to protect ministers who choose not to perform a marriage that violates their religious beliefs. ...

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‘No gays allowed’ at Tennessee hardware store, they’re against the owner’s religion

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"No gays allowed" sign at Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supply in Washburn, Tenn.
A Tennessee hardware store owner is expressing his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage by displaying a "no gays allowed" sign at his business. ...

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Same-sex couples wed as marriages get underway in Tennessee

Friday, June 26, 2015
Sophy Jesty, left, and Valeria Tanco, who were plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guarantees a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, address the media at University of Tennessee College of Law Friday, June 26, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Same-sex couples across the state of Tennessee were going to county clerks' offices to get marriage licenses on what many were calling "day one." ...

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Marriage issue complicates immigration, motherhood for Tennessee couple

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sophy Jesty, left, and Val Tanco, right, with their dog, Biscuit, at their home in Knoxville, Tenn.
When Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty began dating during post-graduate veterinary training at Cornell University, their relationship faced more than the usual run of hurdles. ...

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Army Reserve sergeant is legally married while at work, but not at home

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thomas Kostura, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Ijpe DeKoe at their Memphis, Tenn. apartment.
Thom Kostura and his husband take lots of road trips, and each time they cross a state line they make a game of declaring "We're married!" or "We're not married!" - depending on whether the state recognizes same-sex marriage. ...

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California couple become part of Tennessee same-sex marriage challenge

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Matthew Mansell, left and Johno Espejo at their home in Placentia, Calif. The couple moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Franklin, Tennessee, in 2012 for Mansell’s job as a conflicts analyst for an international law firm.
Johno Espejo and Matthew Mansell moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Franklin, Tenn., in 2012 for Mansell's job at an international law firm. Their neighbors were friendly, Mansell says, but the family couldn't go out in public without ...

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Memphis woman accused of beating son for being ‘too feminine and too gay’

Friday, February 20, 2015
Jacqueline Alexander
A Tennessee woman is charged with domestic assault after allegedly punching her son in the face for being “too feminine and too gay." ...

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Tennessee school turns away prospective students because parents are gay

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard with their daughter Esther and son Micah.
A private, non-denominational Christian-based school in Nashville has turned away prospective students because their parents, one of whom is a local pastor, are gay. ...

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases in April

Friday, January 16, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans ...

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